Judge blasts county for firing worker

Firing designed to destroy personal, professional reputation and cause maximum damage, court figures out new way to calculate Wallace damages
|Canadian Employment Law Today

A former non-profit housing manager was awarded $270,000, including $100,000 in punitive damages, for wrongful dismissal and the egregious way the termination was handled and his employer’s behaviour in the wake of the termination.

Justice Donald Ferguson of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice had harsh words for the County of Lennox and Addington and the way it handled an investigation into wrongdoing by William Downham. The case is remarkable on a number of fronts. First, it provides an extreme example of employer misbehaviour. And second, the court stepped outside the usual formula for calculating a